Rih Rih/Nine ball style capture – Ocean’s 8


Our Ocean’s 8 crew. Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

Joining this body pos Ocean’s 8 remake crew, I was honored to rep the bad gyal herself. This project was all about being my best self, honestly. Rihanna plays a hacker named Nine ball. Riri and I are the same age and I’ve never felt more “Rih” in my life. I’ve been been happy and embracing the newlywed pounds I’ve been putting on.

The character selection here was spot on. Nine ball’s style is what I like to call “Hood hacky sack chic”. I had the description ready because this is essentially my weekend gear. I AM ABOUT THIS LIFE, FOLKS. I took a step outside of my comfort zone by turning the cami (c/o FullBeauty Brands/Roaman’s) into a crop but otherwise, this is an outfit you would see me in while grocery shopping or doing laundry or just breathing because I love it that much.


Image Credit: GC Images/Warner Bros


I’ve been in love hibernation lately so being able to link up with so many of my faves at once was awesome. As I go/grow through transitions, I am grateful to be surrounded by dope supportive women.


With Ashby Vose. Photography by Kayla Klein Photography


Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

Roaman’s came through with a super cute top (Fullbeauty/Roaman’s Strappy cami) and jacket (Fullbeauty/Roaman’s anorak jacket). Woodland BDU pants and Docs are my own but similar here (Woodland BDU pants) and here (Dr. Martens). Kayla (Kayla Klein Photography) is incredible! I can’t believe that’s me!


Photography by Kayla Klein Photography


Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

Shout out to Steph who doubled as Awkwafina’s character Constance as well as our MUA for my full face of Fenty Beauty as well as my partner in crime for the silliness/bonus BTS footage below.




Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

Jonquel as the mastermind, Debbie Ocean
Marlena as the jeweler, Amita
Shalee as the right hand, Lou
Faith as the celebrity, Daphne
Me as the hacker, Nine-ball
Tan as the designer, Rose
Ashby as the fence, Tammy
Stephanie as the thief, Constance

Disclaimer:  This sponsored project was not conducted in association with the Ocean’s 8 film.  Items were gifted for feature, but all opinions are my own.

The bearer of good news (6. Be a better parent)

7 years ago, I gave birth to the most precocious child I’ve ever met. Her name means “bearer of good news” and she is living up to it. She brightens the day of every person she meets. Eva has taught me to take myself less serious. She holds me accountable (I like dessert for breakfast. Judge me, idc). She is my personal stylist and gift from the universe.

I could not be more proud of her. Eva spends her free time thinking of ways to make people smile. Her love of all things fashion and art never ceases to impress me. She is strong, beautiful and ambitious. If I’ve done anything right in this lifetime, it’s raise this awesome kid.

Happy birthday, my sweet Evangeline!

Fat Girls Dance! (10. Dance in public)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a dancer. Not in the traditional toddler ballet class way but a totally self-taught and often awkward way. Any of my close family members can tell you about how I’d dance in my crib to “It takes two” by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock. My grandfather calls me Boogie Woogie.

It’s taken me 29 years to realize the impact dance has had on me. I’ve been taking sporadic dance classes over the last few months but the Fat Girls Dance experience really put me over the edge in my gratitude. I feel best when I’m dancing.



Me: “Is this a good dancer pose? Can you see my tail in the back? Why do dancers wear so much flannel? Okay, I’ll shut up”


Day 1 of Fat Girls Dance was all about self-love and dance classes. First was a class led by Drea of Dove Beauty where I created my own Dove Beauty commercial. Up next were classes taught by Amanda LaCount and Charity Holloway from 4ThirtyTwo. I’m honored to have learned from them. Their talent is so effortless! A quick video is on my Instagram.

Day 2 of FGD was focused on performance and celebration. Miss Eaves, Amanda LaCount, 4ThirtyTwo, Pretty Big Movement and the Fat Girls Dance team themselves put on an incredible show! After the performances, we ate and enjoyed the vibes. The DJ played all the hits and we were getting DOWN!

I am SO grateful to Cathleen and the rest of the Fat Girls Dance crew for hosting such a spectacular event.

Blogger Boo Staycation- Day 2



G6 in Eloquii.


With such a great day prior, I wasn’t sure how we were going to top it! We kicked off day 2 with brunch at Alice’s Tea Cup- Chapter II. The hospitality and the food were out of this world (Hello chocolate chip scone)! I’m usually not much of a tea person but this trip might have changed that.



Marlena & I looking fancy over tea. Photo credit: Jonquel


The jabbawocky was a great set up of scones, sandwiches, and cookies to complement the tea. Highly recommended The decor was cute and whimsy. We shared our stories with each other and had a really great chat about the things that brought us together.


We wrapped up our conversation and delicious meal, excited for the next stop. SPA TIME! It’s been a very long time since I had been to a spa and the relaxation was much needed. Premier 57 provided us an experience that I’ll never forget.



WHY ARE WE SO CUTE THOUGH?! Thanks Swimsuits4all!


After our tour of the facilities, I quickly hopped in the closest source of water. For those of you that don’t know, I LOVE hot water (The only thing more calming to me is music). The hydrotherapy pool was over 80 degrees. The group jacuzzi was even hotter. I was in HEAVEN.


We continued our brunch conversation in the jacuzzi. We discussed future events, niche interests and our experiences in the industry. After a good soak, a few of us decided to check out the saunas.


I skipped through the hall as I dipped into the chromotherapy sauna (see above), Himalayan salt sauna, gold sauna, Loess soil sauna, igloo sauna and the far-infrared sauna.


Fabiola & I enjoying dinner at Premier 57.

The weekend was incredible! Many thanks to our weekend sponsors.

On to the next adventure!

Blogger Boo Staycation- Day 1 (#21. Socialize More)

It’s not often I get time to socialize and build relationships. I have a lot on my plate and rarely prioritize fun. When I was asked to take part in this staycation, I was honored and elated. Added bonus: It was Marcy‘s birthday! I joined Marlena, Nanthale, Jonquel and Fabiola in a weekend of knowledge, fun and relaxation.

(From left to right: Nanthale, Me, Marcy, Marlena, Jonquel & Fabiola)

We kicked off the weekend in our FullBeauty/WomanWithin outfits (My dress here. Thanks Woman Within!). We visited the Met and enjoyed the “Badass Bitches of the Met” tour (courtesy of Museum Hack) with our badass tour guide Sara. Sara introduced us to women artists as well as Audrey Munson (Audrey is the inspiration/muse for several of the sculptures found around NYC and the world!).

Audrey Munson

After our trip to the museum, we swung by The Meatball Shop for lunch before heading down to the iPic Theater for a viewing of Girls Trip. On the ride there, we had the opportunity to learn a bit more about each other.

Being me. I’m the reason we can’t have nice things. xP

Although it was my second time watching the movie, it was extra special seeing it with a group of women. We sang and danced in our seats throughout the movie and tried to assign characters to each other (I’m Dina!). I went home realizing I don’t experience this kind of happiness often enough. Stay tuned for Day 2. We had even more fun!

30 things before 30


Post Coheed and Cambria show. Photo by Marlena of Big City Curvy Girl Thin Wallet

Welcome to MadameFinehouse.com!

Today I turn 29. In the last decade I’ve joined the Army, been deployed to Iraq, got married (and divorced), had a baby, and modeled for New York Fashion week. Somewhere along the way I made a bucket list of sorts – 30 things I want to achieve by 30. This list is a work in progress but I wanted to share it with all of you.
1. Get comfortable becoming the center attention
2. Push beyond the comfort zone at least once a month
3. Start a blog
4. Learn to say no
5. Stop settling in relationships
6. Be a better parent
7. Create a resume writing workshop
8. Promotion!
9. Travel more
10. Dance in public
11. Hit 401k milestone
12. Define Spring/Summer style
13. Define Fall/Winter style
14. Go to a casting call
15. Post a cover to YouTube
16. Sing on a stage (not karaoke)
17. Learn to play an instrument
18. Seek vocal coaching
19. Be more interactive on social media
20. Spend more time learning
21. Socialize more
22. Start working on book
23. Choreographed dance
24. Be on TV
25. Schedule self care days
26. 8 beach days/year
27. Meditate/ Learn to be still
28. Speak on a panel
29. Get my first post sponsored
30. Learn to forgive

I value authenticity and want to extend that to the friends and community I’ve built through social media. Join me as I finish kicking this list’s ass (and share the stories of how I’ve completed the rest)in the next 365 days.

Influencer/Day Job Crossover


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Photo by  Gwladys of @SoGwladys

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been missing for so long…

The gig is up. I really love my day job and it requires. I currently work as a HR Director in the entertainment industry. Prior to entertainment, I worked in luxury fashion. I’ve been in HR for over 10 years. When it wasn’t a full time job, it was my freelance gig. Needless to say, I’ve seen a LOT of resumes. While I was building my freelance clientele, my biggest challenge was finding an appropriate place to meet clients. Meeting at Starbucks is no longer the wave. Needless to say, I was ECSTATIC to learn about Meet In Place. Marlena (of Big City, Curvy Girl, Thin Wallet) hosted an Influencer Resume Party and I was honored to present. I’ve been looking for a place to hold resume workshops and it looks like I found one. Thank you Meet In Place! 

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Photo by Gwladys of @SoGwladys

Here are my top 5 tips for job hunting:


Replace your objective with a summary

Recruiters know you are looking for a job because you applied. You do not need to tell us that you’re looking for “a position that will utilize my skills and provide opportunities for growth”. Use this prime resume real estate for your summary. A recruiter should be able to read your summary and know who you are and what you’d be a good fit for.


Quantify your experience

Your resume bullets should be short and sweet. Recruiters and hiring managers need to know what you have done and what you are capable of. For example: Answered 45 calls per hour in a high volume call-center customer service role while maintaining a 97% quality assurance score.


Research the organization and industry

Employers in New York City CANNOT ask you what you are currently making (this is illegal). However, they can ask you what you expect to make in that role. Some industries pay more than others. Glassdoor is a great resource but should not be your sole source. Remember: Old Navy does not pay as much as Gucci. You should have a good idea of the organization’s values and structure prior to the interview.


Act quickly

Apply as soon as you see the posting! The most visible applicants apply within the first 24 hours. Most applications come in over the weekend. If that is the only time you have to apply, make sure you take the extra step to make contact with the organization to stand out. LinkedIn is the best way to reach out to recruiters or hiring managers.


Know who you are professionally

As you gain experience, you should be developing your professional persona and skill set. What are your goals? What kind of organization would you like to work for? What kind of work is most rewarding to you? Your resume should be a living document that helps prepare you for this position. Know who you are professionally and stay the course (to the best of your abilities).


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Photo by Gwladys of @SoGwladys